I hate to be a party pooper, but the weight loss is a sign they will die (or time to euthanase them) within 2 years.
My Midnight, the beautiful handsome cat you see in my avatar, started to lose weight around August '07. He was like a walking skeleton. Ate like a horse, still very active, but you'd never know that I fed him to look at him, he was all skin and bones. Shockingly thin.
Then in August '08, over the expanse of 3 days, he deteriorated, stopped eating, slept all the time, and in a lot of pain. When I decided to have him euthanised (because I couldn't bare to see him suffer), I told them, that I never starved him. They told me it's normal for a male cat to become so thin towards the end, and deteriorate suddenly before their time is up. He would have been 18yrs on Christmas day '08.
Then around the time that Midnight was euthanised, my cat Kimba also lost weight and became like a walking skeleton. She was still active, ate like a horse, but like Midnight, shockingly thin, no fat left on her.
Then on 3rd May this year, she refused to use her back legs. They were still usable, she could walk, but she chose not too. I figured something internally had crashed on her, and causing her extreme pain. On the 4th of May, I took her to the RSPCA to have her euthanised. She STILL had the appetite of a horse, even on her last day, but could only defecate if I lifted her up to nurse her. It didn't seem fair to keep her alive after that. She was 15.5 yrs old.
If they look like walking skeleton, losing all body fat, that's a positive sign that they're on their way out.
Please you two, give them all the treats they weren't allowed in the past, milk, cheese.. whatever. Give them extra attention...
...and brace yourselves for the uninvitable.
My heart goes out to the both of you.
| current weight: 297.0